Dunlop vs Talalay Latex

What is the difference between latex mattresses and Talalay latex mattresses? Latex is a resilient rubber from the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis). Latex is an excellent material to make mattresses from. It is particularly elastic and resilient, providing a lot of support and comfort.

There are two types of latex; just latex and Talalay latex. The main difference between these two latex types is that in Talalay latex, the cell structure is broken, and in normal latex, the cells (air bubbles) remain closed. Talalay latex is, therefore, very similar to HR cold foam. Due to the open cell structure, the bed climate remains cooler, and moisture can evaporate faster. When it comes to comfort and support, both cold foam Talalay latex is very similar.

If you compare “just” latex with Talalay latex, then Talalay latex is cooler and ventilates better. Talalay latex also lasts a lot longer because it gets little or no silage. A latex mattress never consists of 100% latex. Fillers and hardeners will always have to be used because Latex is liquid (latex milk). According to European rules, latex can already be called a 100% natural latex mattress if the latex share is at least 40%. In Switzerland, the standard is much stricter, and a mattress must consist of at least 85% natural latex before you can call it 100% natural latex.


Difference Between Latex Mattresses and Talalay Latex Mattress?

Difference Between Latex Mattresses and Talalay Latex Mattress

The advantages and disadvantages of latex

Latex is a natural product. As a result, it has an antibacterial and antifungal effect. Most bacteria and fungi die off, according to the Morton Thiokol 87-304 report. Latex also has an excellent point elasticity, making it smooth, soft and stretchy.

Compared to cold foam, there are some disadvantages to latex. For example, latex cannot withstand salt (this remains of sweat), which causes it to dry out and pulverize. Also, the ventilating power of ordinary latex is minimal. Because latex ventilates so poorly is also a warm type of mattress. If you quickly suffer from heat or sweat relatively much, it is better to opt for Talalay latex or cold foam. Talalay latex is a lot cooler due to the open cell structure, making it ventilate much better.


The history of latex

In 1839 Charles Goodyear experimented with natural latex, namely with the milk juice from the rubber tree. By any coincidence, he created the first latex rubber. He added sulphur powder to latex and put it on the stove in the living room. After a few hours, he returned and, to his own surprise, noticed that new material had emerged. The addition of sulphur powder had created vulcanisation which had made the material extremely elastic. After the moment of vulcanization, latex has become tear-resistant.

As we know it today, latex was only used for mattresses in 1926 when John Dunlop improved the production process. At first, Mr Dunlop supplied latex cushions to British royalty. It was only during the Second World War that there was a need for rubber for the army. This started the development of synthetic foam rubber. Now latex is still widely used for mattresses, although the advent of cold foam has significantly reduced sales.



When choosing latex or Talalay latex, you should always opt for Talalay latex. In every way (durability, ventilation, weight), it is better than latex. The only downside is that Talalay latex’s price is a lot higher than that of regular latex.

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